Nebula Prototype: Liminal Architecture

Sagmeister and Walsh: The Beauty Project

Vienna, AT  2021

Nebula Prototype is a sculpture group featured in the travelling exhibition, “Sagmeister & Walsh: Beauty” presented by MAK, Vienna; Museum Angewandte Kunst, Frankfurt am Main; the Museum für Kunst und Gewerbe Hamburg (MKG); and Fondation D’Entreprise Martell, France. The exhibition is curated by graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister and Jessica Walsh, bringing together over sixty objects spanning all disciplines and various cultures and eras, exploring the concept of beauty and its persisting influence on the human psyche. 

Nebula Prototype consists of a cave-like cluster of suspended, densely massed spheres and shells formed with diagrid lattices of metal and acrylic. These nest-like structures are encrusted with glistening glass flasks carrying chemical solutions. The dense grouping of material is surrounded by a cloud of lace-like skeletal membrane swirling around and above the suspended spheres. The project uses fabrication methods of cross-linked double-shell scaffold systems, exploring resilient, lightweight construction techniques of the future. Just as Sagmeister and Walsh argue that beauty is “more than just a superficial strategy”, the experimental forms featured in Nebula Prototype suggest that immersive beauty can be generated through intense repetition of meticulously crafted simple components, creating an extraordinarily rich and complex whole.

Project Leads

  • Philip Beesley
  • Gabriella Bevilaqua
  • Timothy Boll

LASG Studio

Mark Francis
Jonathan Gotfryd
Sascha Hastings
Nikola Miloradovic
Melanie Neves
Anne Paxton

Production

Shahimir Adnan
Marin Agostini
Marwa Al-Saqqar
Alisa Alexeeva
Ekaterina Arbuzina
Helya Arjmandfar
Selin Ayman
Andrea Bancod
Cesar Barahona
Gulmeena Barlas
Krista Barleta
Vanessa Cerezo
May Chan
Sally Chiu
Mohamadou Dibbasey
Christina Ghafari
Arnab Ghosh
Hana Glaser
Parisa Hassanzadeghan
Bryan Huck
Max Humenyuk
Jackielyn Jabson
Natasha Jorge-Moore
Minwoo Kim
Haleigh Mcleod
Sareh Mousa
Kayla Murrell
Marianna Orz
Ngan Phan
Marlene Prettner
Emily Pyatt
Janine Ramlochan
Hannes Rigler
Georgia Sa
Ruhani Sandhu
Milena Satrohan
Bastien Schwind
Maya Skarzenski
Tess Sutherland
Paul Szywacz
Vince Tameta
Sophie Twarog
Alyssa Marie Verdan
Vicky W
Shira Yavor
Soroush Yeganeh
Sabrina Yeun